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Surging crime rate: Maha to transfer Pune top cop

Last updated on: April 20, 2010 15:03 IST

The Maharashtra government has decided to transfer Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh in the wake of rising crime graph in the city, the Legislative Council was informed on Tuesday.

"Considering the growing crime rate in Pune, Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh would be transferred and a more efficient police official will be given the job," Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe told the upper House.

The announcement came after the members of the council demanded the transfer of Singh while discussing the recent gang rape cases in Pune.

Members from both sides came down heavily on the home department for not taking quick action against the accused in connection with the rape of a government official at Parli in Beed district of Marathwada region, last week.

Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe demanded transfer of Singh while raising the issue. "In such cases, victims should be given protection till the case gets to hearing in the court," she said adding Mumbai tops the list in rape and molestation cases.

Leader of Opposition Pandurang Phundkar asked for an increase in penalty and demanded to hang the guilty. He also criticised the security lapses on the government's side in the Parli rape case.

In reply, Bagwe said police are in process to implement Maharashtra Organised Crime Act against the accused in the case. "Strict action would be taken against police officials for delaying the procedure," he said.

Image: Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh

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